Life at the end of the road

June 3, 2018

Baking elsewhere :-)

Just after eight fifteen PM here at the ‘end of the road’ and the end of a rather grey day, which is, in fact why I’m here at the laptop and not outside ‘tinkering’ Smile The ‘wall to wall’ sunshine we’ve been having of late never materialized.


That was what greeted me this morning


and that’ll be tonight’s feeble excuse for a sunset Sad smile Having said that, just ten miles south in Inverarish it’s been baking with blue skies Smile Can’t complain though it’s been an awesome spell of weather for the best part of three weeks now and we’ve been ‘lapping it up’. Tools left outside, car windows left open and double watering the garden every day. We didn’t even see a midge until June arrived and I can count the number of bites I’ve had on one hand. That gentle north wind we’ve of late keeping Sonas on the whole ‘midge free’.

Hence the lack of activity on the blogging front, truth is I’ve not been in the house until after 21:00 recently, whereupon a glass of red in front of the ‘one eyed monster’ with darling wife has been the ‘order of the day’.

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Well, with most days ending like this, it would be a crime not to have a glass of red wine hey Smile

In the water at last

Camilli’s current obsession has been getting the Avon Searider, getting ready for sea and making a place to recover it safely at Arnish. The latter is still very much ‘work in progress’ but we’ve been ‘on the case’, despite it being a little warm for concreting.

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Still, I took the opportunity of ‘press ganging’ my mate into helping for one good ‘mix and pour’ of a couple of tons. Looks pretty rough but that’s deliberate so as the next batch will get a good key to it. On a 5m tide I’d be able to get the Searider out here with the Land Rover or dumper but going down just past that mesh means 4m would be doable.

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I spent an inordinate amount of time fitting a Garmin 95CV sounder to the boat, a job I could have done in a couple of hours but managed to string out for two days. To be honest I was just enjoying the weather and doing things at a very leisurely pace. The month’s holiday had been quite physical and the ‘two weeks on’ had seen us working manically painting the Hallaig so it was good to just ‘potter’ about. The Searider actually came with a perfectly adequate sounder for finding good ‘scallop ground’ but there’s a few  wrecks I’m planning on looking for and visiting and the new Garmin’s ‘side scan’ facility will make this far easier.

Flat out at Raasay Distillery

It was great to get my son back from Heriot Watt for the summer but no sooner had he arrived home than he was ‘head hunted’ for a job with R&B at Smile OK, perhaps a bit of an exaggeration but they have started letting out some rooms to the public and it has been doing very well. No surprise really cos the rooms are absolutely beautiful and the setting idyllic. And, who wouldn’t want to stay in a distillery hey Smile


    So, my son and I aint been doing quite as much of the ‘male bonding’ I’d have liked, him being working pretty much full time since he arrived Sad smile Anyway’s, we did at last manage to get the Searider launched on Saturday and headed north to Loch Arnish for a spot of clam diving Smile

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Nikon Coolpix W300

Sadly, not much in the way of photographs cos my Nikon Coolpix W300 died again Sad smile

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The very expensive camera I purchased as Christmas present to meself last year is friggin useless, at least in the water. I could have got something better for half the price but this camera is allegedly good down to 30m. Aye right, the first one flooded in less than 7m and this one died at 25m. You can see the yellow seal by my thumb nail has failed. I am most dischuffed Sad smile

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Still, seeing the boat sitting happily on its mooring a ‘stones throw’ from home made up for it,


as did our bag of clams.

Scallop recipes

Guess what we had for dinner Smile  Having made a living clam diving for much of my adult life I’ve tried them most ways but that was afore I had the Internet Smile Now you can just ‘Google’ for inspiration, so I did came up with a variation on that.


Never been much good at following recipes so I just melted a quarter of a pack of butter, fried 5 rashers o chopped bacon in it, added basil, oregano, chili flakes and three cloves of garlic, cut the roes off the clams, chopped em up and threw them in the pan for the last 30 seconds or so then served with linguine. It was good but missing some cream and salt, I figured the bacon would be salty enough but was wrong. Today we had something similar for Sunday dinner but used all the roes, mixed in some Munro’s black pudding and half a pot of double cream at the end with some chopped parsley. Now that was awesome Smile

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And the weather has improved too Smile


March 26, 2018

I almost forgot :-)

Filed under: boats, daily doings, Trucks and plant — Tags: , , , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 7:56 pm

In my haste to tell you all about concrete I forgot about Friday night at the Raasay Distillery.

Raasay Tunes

Live Music at Raasay Distillery

Truth is, it was more a case of I was in a hurry this morning when I posted rather than forgetting. It was far too memorable a night to forget . Friday night’s performance of tunes inspired by and or written about Raasay by Peter Morrison and Seamus MacLennan was of the highest standard extremely well attended.

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Every tune had some connection to Raasay, though some would have been familiar and perhaps known by other names elsewhere in Scotland. However it says something of my adopted home that Peter and Seamus spent the whole evening playing Raasay inspired music from throughout the centuries.

Peter and Seamus are two of Skye’s best known musicians both locally and internationally, through regular traditional music sessions in the Old Inn, Carbost and performing at some of the world’s greatest festivals and venues over the past 25 years with the Peatbog Faeries.
Seumus’s family hails from Raasay and both look forward to a lively night performing their unique ‘Raasay Tunes’ repertoire at the Isle of Raasay Distillery.

The evening is a musical celebration of Raasay with tunes inspired by the people, the place and its history. Peter and Seumas don’t just play the tunes, they set the scene for each with storytelling insight and characteristic Hebridean banter. Set in the Distillery’s Gathering Room with a stunning sunset view across the Raasay Narrows to the Red Cuillin, this is bound to be a magical musical evening.

Two 45 minute sets with a 20 minute break for drinks & eats.

The ‘half time’ grub was pretty good too, ‘stovies’ they call it here ‘tater hash’ where I hail from, anyway, it went down a treat with half a bottle of house Merlot that was very favourably priced.


This morning it was off early to take Leah and Molly for a walk round ‘Number 2 mine’ before catching the 7:55 ferry for Skye.


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This building housed the machinery that pulled the ore carts to the pier and back. Dunno what drove it but it must have been quite some motor or engine to pull all those carts such a long way.


It’s all in Laurence and Pamela Drapers excellent book on the subject but I’ve forgotten Sad smile

After our walk we just about managed to squeeze on the MV Loch Linnhe which we’re stuck with for a couple of days yet.


Hopefully we’ll have Hallaig’s 23 car sister the Lochinvar before Good Friday I believe she’ll be on her way from Arran tomorrow Smile


Me, I was off to Jewson’s  in Broadford for concrete reinforcing bar and cement and up to Eddies at Skyefit to get some punctures repaired and order a tyre.

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Eddie’s the agent on Skye for BF Goodrich tyres and his prices are pretty good. Having said that these 33 x 12.50 x 15” tyres aint cheap but they last three times longer than the current Chinese one’s on the ‘Old Girl’. Last time I needed tyres I was pretty skint and got wheels and tyres for the same price as BFG’s. Still ‘you get what you pay for’ and whilst a BFG is good for around 36K on the Land Rover, the Chinese equivalent struggles to manage 12K or just over a year.

Next stop was the ‘smoking volcano’


That’ll be Sconser quarry for two more tons of 20mm ‘all in’ concrete mix for the fish farm slip.


Expertly deposited by Yogi Smile

Managed to get back home on the 10:25 then got straight into preparing more shuttering for the next pour tomorrow.

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All timber grown locally and cut at the Raasay Sawmill by Callum Findlay,

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guess what I’m doing tomorrow Smile

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